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Wrestling Daily News Roundup – Possible Main Event for The Royal Rumble, Chris Jericho Attacks Kenny Omega, Brock Lesnar Movie Role?

Liam Hoofe with a round-up of the latest wrestling news…

Main Event for The Royal Rumble

In the main event of last night’s Raw [read our review here], Kane fought Braun Strowman to determine the new number 1 contender for the Universal Championship. The bout, which was disappointing, ending in a double count-out for both men, meaning that it is still unclear as to who The Beast will face at the Rumble.

Many people online, however, are speculating that Braun Strowman and Kane will both face Brock Lesnar in a triple threat match at the Rumble. While this would be a nice way of protecting Braun, it seems crazy to think that Kane could be in a PPV main event, competing for a top title in 2018, while the likes of Finn Balor sit on the sidelines. Stranger things have happened, though, and this definitely looks like the way they are moving forward.

Chris Jericho
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New ‘Creed II’ Director Found; Stallone Will Still Co-Star

A new director has been found for the planned Creed sequel, which is currently being referred to as Creed II. Variety is reporting that Steven Caple Jr., who has one title to his name with the skateboarding drama The Land, is the new filmmaker to direct Michael B. Jordan, Stallone and Tessa Thompson in the follow-up to 2016’s Rocky saga rebirth. Creed II will kick off shooting in March, with a release date of November 21, 2018, penciled in. So, less than a year to go until the release of the new Creed sequel!

Creed Creed Sequel Attracts New Director

“We could not be more fortunate and excited for the collaboration of Steven, Sly, Michael and the producers, to build upon the success of ‘Creed,’” said Jonathan Glickman, MGM’s president, motion picture group to the trade. “The combination of Steven’s talent and unique vision makes him the perfect director to
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Creed 2 announces new director as Sylvester Stallone steps aside

While he’ll reprise his role as the legendary Italian Stallion, Sylvester Stallone will not return to the Rocky franchise as director on the upcoming Creed 2.

In a statement revealed by Entertainment Weekly, Stallone announce that the new ringmaster would be Steven Caple Jr., who will direct from a script co-written by Sly and Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker. The statement read:-

“The character of Adonis Creed reflects this generation and its challenges. I believe it’s important for the director to also be a part of this generation like I was in mine, to make the story as relatable as possible. We are extremely lucky to have the talented young filmmaker Steven Caple Jr. step up and accept the role of director. I am confident that he and Michael B. Jordan will hit it out of the park!”

Adonis Creed himself, Michael B. Jordan, also enthused about the decision via his Twitter account.
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‘Creed 2’ Gets a New Director in Steven Caple Jr., Will Hit Theaters in 2018

‘Creed 2’ Gets a New Director in Steven Caple Jr., Will Hit Theaters in 2018
A few months ago, Sylvester Stallone revealed on his Instagram page that he would be directing Creed 2, the follow-up to Ryan Coogler‘s acclaimed Rocky spin-off from 2015. The silence that followed was deafening and now it seems like we know why – he’s not directing it. In fact, a brand new director whose name […]

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Creed 2 Gets Up-And-Coming Director Steven Caple Jr.

Creed 2 Gets Up-And-Coming Director Steven Caple Jr.
The highly-anticipated sequel Creed 2 has finally, officially locked down a director and it's a name that nobody would have expected. A couple of months ago, Sylvester Stallone indicated that he was going to step up and direct the Creed sequel himself, but that didn't pan out. Now, it's been announced that up-and-coming director Steven Caple Jr. is going to take the reins on Creed 2, which will serve as his first directorial effort for a major studio. No pressure.

Reportedly, Creed star Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone hand-picked Steven Caple Jr. for the gig, after a very long search. Stallone was considering taking the gig, but after talking it over with the rest of the creative team, they decided to find someone else to direct the movie. Jonathan Glickman, MGM's president, motion picture group, had this to say about the news in a statement.

"We could not be more fortunate
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‘Creed 2’ Taps Steven Caple Jr. To Replace Sylvester Stallone As Director

‘Creed 2’ Taps Steven Caple Jr. To Replace Sylvester Stallone As Director
It looks like Rocky creator Sylvester Stallone isn’t directing the Creed sequel anymore. MGM and Warner Bros just announced that Steven Caple Jr. will instead be in the director’s seat on the followup to 2015’s Creed, which starred Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Johnson, the offspring Apollo Creed, and had Stallone reprise his iconic role of Rocky Balboa. Stallone was originally attached to direct Creed 2 — making the announcement himself via his social media back in…
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'Creed' Sequel Finds Director, Tessa Thompson to Return

'Creed' Sequel Finds Director, Tessa Thompson to Return
Indie director Steven Caple Jr. will helm the sequel to Rocky spinoff Creed.

MGM and Warner Bros. are readying the follow-up with Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan set to return, along with Tessa Thompson, who will reprise her roll as Bianca, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Ryan Coogler directed the 2015 Rocky franchise update, which saw the aging boxer train Adonis Creed, the son of his one-time rival Apollo Creed. Coogler, who is finishing up his work on Marvel's Black Panther, is expected to executive produce. 

Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker penned the feature with Stallone, which will follow...
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‘Creed 2’ Lands Director Steven Caple Jr.; Stallone Sits Out This Round

‘Creed 2’ Lands Director Steven Caple Jr.; Stallone Sits Out This Round
Though Sylvester Stallone was previously reported as being onboard to direct MGM/Warner Bros.' Creed 2, we now have word that Steven Caple Jr. (The Land) will be handling those duties. Stallone, who won a Golden Globe and earned an Oscar nomination for his role as Rocky Balboa in Ryan Coogler's Creed, will return to star alongside fighter Adonis Johnson, played by Michael B. Jordan. Caple will direct from a script by Stallone and Cheo Hodari Coker (Luke Cage). Variety reports that Caple Jr. was hand-picked by both Stallone and Jordan following the original Rocky's discussions with …
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Steven Caple Jr. to Direct ‘Creed 2’ Starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone (Exclusive)

Steven Caple Jr. to Direct ‘Creed 2’ Starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone (Exclusive)
MGM and Warner Bros. have tapped up-and-coming director Steven Caple Jr. to direct Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone in “Creed 2,” sources tell Variety, with production expected to start in spring 2018.

Along with Jordan and Stallone, Tessa Thompson will also return for the sequel, reprising her role as Bianca.

Sources also say that Ryan Coogler, who directed “Creed,” is expected to join in an executive producer role, though a deal has not yet closed, as Coogler is currently wrapping up post-production on Marvel’s “Black Panther.”

Stallone had considered directing “Creed 2” at one point, but after talking it over with Jordan and the execs, they made the decision to find another director. After a lengthy search, Jordan and Stallone personally picked Caple to take the reins.

Caple will direct from an original screenplay written by Stallone and Cheo Hodari Coker (showrunner of “Luke Cage”) based on characters from the Rocky franchise. The film is
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The Top Five Bill Conti Movie Scores of His Career

William ‘Bill’ Conti is a composer and conductor who is well-known for writing movie scores. He was born in Providence, Rhode Island, on April 13, 1942. He studied at Louisiana State University and the Juilliard School of Music before launching his career in 1969. He first rose to fame when he composed the score for ‘Rocky’ in 1976. He has been the musical director for the Academy Awards nineteen times, which is more than anybody else. He has also won many awards for his work. Here are five of the top music scores of Bill Conti’s Career. 1. Rocky It

The Top Five Bill Conti Movie Scores of His Career
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Oscar Winner Who Fought Sexual Harassment to Get Biopic Treatment (Exclusive)

Oscar Winner Who Fought Sexual Harassment to Get Biopic Treatment (Exclusive)
Rocky producer Gene Kirkwood has acquired life and some music rights for the late Oscar winner Judy Holliday and will turn her story into the biopic Smart Blonde.

The actress was a 22-year-old day player at Fox when she stood up to mogul Darryl F. Zanuck's aggressive sexual overtures. "Her agent scheduled her for the notorious '4 o'clock meeting' and ordered her to stuff her bra," says Pulitzer-nominated playwright Willy Holtzman, who is writing the screenplay.

At the meeting, Zanuck locked the door, unzipped his pants and pushed Holliday onto the couch as...
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The Top Five Carl Weathers Movie Roles of His Career

You might wonder why Action Jackson and Rocky 2 don’t appear on this list in reference to Carl Weathers. The answer is pretty simple, this is a ‘best of’ list’, and while those roles were pretty good those listed below are just flat out awesome. Weathers is the kind of guy that was built for action and has the kind of brash yet intelligent mind and the attitude that make him perfect for being the person that goes out with guns blazing and a ‘shoot first ask later’ mentality. He’s not a dumb man by any means, he’s a thinker,

The Top Five Carl Weathers Movie Roles of His Career
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Stallone's Ex-Wife Brigitte Nelson Calls Sexual Assault Claims a Lie

Stallone's Ex-Wife Brigitte Nelson Calls Sexual Assault Claims a Lie
Though Brigitte Nielsen and Sylvester Stallone have reportedly not spoken in 30 years and had a publicly tumultuous relationship, the former model/actress has come forward to deny the allegations that Stallone coerced a 16-year old girl into a threesome with his old bodyguard 31 years ago. Nielsen, who costarred with Stallone in Rocky IV and Cobra, claimed that the two were very much "newlyweds" when the alleged incident occurred in Las Vegas in 1986. The two were married between 1985 and 1987. Sylvester Stallone spoke out immediately after the story broke to vehemently deny the allegations.

A Las Vegas police report alleged that Sylvester Stallone forced a 16-year old female fan to have a threesome with he and his former bodyguard, Mike De Luca, during the shooting of Over the Top. After allegedly forcing the girl to give oral sex to he and De Luca, the former bodyguard than had sex with her. After the alleged incident was over,
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Here’s What You Can Stream With Your Amazon Prime Membership in December

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Here’s What You Can Stream With Your Amazon Prime Membership in December
Near, far, wherever you are you can get the following titles via your Amazon Prime membership next month.

Catch the ultimate love story “Titanic” on Dec. 1, along with other classics like “The Silence of the Lambs,” “Moonstruck” and all the “Rocky” movies. Later in the month, you can stream “Stronger,” available on Amazon Video Dec. 5; “It Comes at Night,” which is available Dec. 9; and “Nightcrawler” on Dec. 10.

You can continue to stream Thursday Night Football with the Saints vs. Falcons game on the 7th, Broncos vs Colts on the 14th and Steelers vs Texans on Christmas Day.
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Sylvester Stallone’s Publicist Blasts ‘Ridiculous, Categorically False’ Sexual Assault Report

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Sylvester Stallone’s Publicist Blasts ‘Ridiculous, Categorically False’ Sexual Assault Report
Sylvester Stallone’s publicist has come out swinging against a report by the Daily Mail that the “Rocky” star was accused of sexual assault against a 16-year-old in 1986, calling the report a “ridiculous, categorically false story.” “No one was ever aware of this story until it was published today, including Mr. Stallone,” Stallone spokesperson Michelle Bega said in a statement provided to TheWrap. “At no time was Mr. Stallone ever contacted by any authorities or anyone else regarding this matter.” The Daily Mail report, published Thursday, said that Stallone was accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl while filming “Over the Top” in.
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Sylvester Stallone Accused of Sexually Assaulting 16-Year-Old Girl in 1986

Sylvester Stallone Accused of Sexually Assaulting 16-Year-Old Girl in 1986
Update (November 10): Stallone’s spokesperson has denied the accusations in a statement to TMZ: “This is a ridiculous, categorically false story. No one was ever aware of this story until it was published today, including Mr. Stallone. At no time was Mr. Stallone ever contacted by authorities or anyone else regarding this matter. It never happened.”

Earlier: Sylvester Stallone and his bodyguard Michael De Luca have been accused of sexual assault in a police report obtained by the Daily Mail. Las Vegas metro police department’s sexual-assault unit verified the report, which alleges Stallone and De Luca assaulted an unnamed 16-year-old girl during the production of “Over the Top.”

Read More:‘The Royals’ Creator Mark Schwahn Accused of Sexual Harassment By 25 Female Cast and Crew Members

According to the report, De Luca propositioned the teenager after she asked for Stallone’s autograph. The bodyguard allegedly gave the girl keys to Stallone’s hotel room,
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Blu-ray Review – Paradise Alley (1978)

Paradise Alley, 1978.

Written and Directed by Sylvester Stallone.

Starring Sylvester Stallone, Lee Canalito, Armand Assante, Anne Archer, Frank McRae, Joe Spinell, Terry Funk, Frank Stallone, and Tom Waits.

Synopsis:

Three brothers in the slums of 1940s New York try to make their fortune by training the youngest sibling to become an underground wrestler.

After the success of Rocky in 1976 Sylvester Stallone was a hot property in Hollywood and was pretty much able to get any passion projects he wanted a green light, which is why between Rocky and Rocky II we got trucking federation drama F.I.S.T. and, more significantly, Paradise Alley. Significant because as well as writing it Stallone also directed it (and in true Little Britain style, also sang the theme tune), which marked his first time behind the camera, setting him up to direct Rocky II the same year, and also because despite sharing many themes and plot threads as Rocky,
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Craig T. Rumar, Agent for Stallone and Schwarzenegger, Dies at 85

Craig T. Rumar, Agent for Stallone and Schwarzenegger, Dies at 85
Craig T. Rumar, a talent agent who represented Sylvester Stallone in negotiations for Rocky and handled Arnold Schwarzenegger's deal for Conan the Barbarian, has died. He was 85.

Rumar died Oct. 25 in Athens, Texas, after a battle with Lewy body dementia, a publicist announced.

Serving as Stallone's agent, Rumar — working with Larry Kubik, his business partner at Film Artists Management Enterprises — negotiated and packaged the deal with producers Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler and United Artists that would bring Rocky (1976) to the big screen.

Stallone had written the screenplay and insisted that he also portray Philadelphia...
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Creed 2: Sylvester Stallone drops out of directing

Simon Brew Dec 12, 2017

Creed 2 has a new director, as Sylvester Stallone drops out of directing the movie...

Sylvester Stallone has opted to relinquish the director’s chair for the forthcoming Creed 2, having previously announced that he was planning to helm the picture. Stallone has penned the screenplay for the movie (along with Cheo Hodari Coker), and is expected to reprise the role of Rocky Balboa in it.

However, the new director for the film will be Steven Caple Jr. It’ll be his first big studio film, having previously made Sundance success The Land.

Michael B Jordan is reprising the role of Adonis Creed in the new movie, whilst it’s now been confirmed that Tessa Thompson will be returning as Bianca, too.

Stallone’s stepping away from directing was his own call, following conversations with Michael B Jordan and Warner Bros executives.

Filming is expected to start early next year.
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Creed 2 Will Unleash Ivan Drago's Son

Creed 2 Will Unleash Ivan Drago's Son
Things are finally coming together for Creed 2. And in a hurry. After quite a long time of not really knowing or hearing anything about the movie, the project has its team in place and is racing toward a premiere date in theaters next November. We've known for a little while that Dolph Lundgren will be back as Ivan Drago, but now we might have confirmation that the character's son will be a big part of the sequel. It looks like Mma fighter Sage Northcutt spilled the beans, as he's set to audition for the role.

Ever since Sylvester Stallone posted a not-so-subtle image to his Instagram teasing the return of Ivan Drago in Creed 2, many have assumed that the son of Drago would be stepping into the ring to fight Michael B. Jordan's Adonis Creed. While we still can't absolutely confirm that will be the central plot of Creed 2, we're one step closer to that,
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